EXTRACT FROM PRIVY COUNCIL MINUTES OF
3 DECEMBER, 1766.
P.C. 2, VOL. 112, p. 118.
Whereas Application hath been made to His Majesty at this Board by John Tucker Esquire praying for a Grant of Lands in His Majestys Province of Nova Scotia in order to make a Settlement thereupon—His Majesty this Day took the same into Consideration, and having received the Opinion of the Lords Commissioners for Trade and Plantations, and also of a Committee of the Lords of His Majestys most Honourable Privy Council thereupon is hereby pleased with the advice of his Privy Council, to Order, That the Governor or Commander in Chief of His Majesty's Province of Nova Scotia for the Time being do Immediately upon the receipt hereof cause twenty thousand Acres of Land to be Surveyed in one Contiguous Tract (conformable to the Directions of His Majesty's Instructions with regard to the manner of laying out Grants of Land) in such part on the Continent of the said Province as the said John Tucker or his Attorney shall choose, not already Granted or Surveyed to Others and not possessed nor Claimed by the Indians, and that upon a Return of such Survey Conformable to His Majestys Directions in his General Instructions he do pass a Grant for the same to the said John Tucker under the seal of the said Province upon the following Terms Conditions and Reservations, vizt.
That the Grantee do settle the Lands with protestant Inhabits [sic] within ten years from the Date of the Grant, in the proportion of One person for every two hundred Acres, in failure whereof the Land to revert to his Majesty his Heirs and Successors.
That an Annual Quit Rent of one farthing per Acre be reserved to His Majesty his Heirs and Successors, payable on the Feast of St Michael in every Year, one half of which to commence and become payable on the said Feast of Saint Michael which shall first happen after the Expiration of five Years from the Date of the Grant, and to be payable on every ensuing Feast of St Michael or within fourteen Days after and the whole to become payable in like manner at the Expiration of ten years—
That there be a Reservation in the said Grant to His Majesty his Heirs and Successors of all those parts of the Land which the Surveyor shall upon the Return of the Survey, Report to be proper for Erecting Fortifications Publick Wharfs and Naval Yards or for other Military purposes, and a Reser-
vation of an entire Liberty to all His Majestys Subjects to Fish upon the Coast of the said Tract where such Tract abuts upon the Sea Shore.
That there be a Reservation to his Majesty his Heirs and Successors of all Mines of Gold Silver and Coals.
That if any part of the land shall appear by the Surveyor's Report to be well adapted to the Growth of Hemp of Flax it shall be a Condition of the Grant, that the Grantee shall sow and Continue Annually to Cultivate a Due proportion of the Land not less than one Rood in every thousand Acres, with that beneficial Article of Produce.
And the Governor or Commander in Chief of His Majesty's province of Nova Scotia for the time being, and all others whom it may Concern are required to Carry his Majesty's Commands hereby signified into Execution.
Like Orders with the aforegoing were Issued for Granting the following Quantities of Land in Nova Scotia to the following persons vizt.
Major Gorham. .. .. .. .. .10,000
George Edie Esquire. .. .. .. .10,000
John Edie Esquire . .. .. .. .2,000
David Edie Esquire. .. .. .. .2,000
Claude Edie Esquire. .. .. .. .2,000
Jabez Edie Esquire . .. .. .. .2,000
Paul Edie Esquire . .. .. .. .2,000
Alexander Campbell Esquire . .. .. .10,000
Charles Shirreff Esqr. . .. .. .. .10,000
Andrew Watson Esquire. .. .. .. .20,000
Augustin Oldham Esquire. .. .. .10,000
John Phillips Esquire. .. .. .. .10,000
Francis Millar Esquire. .. .. .. .10,000
Norman McLeod Esquire. .. .. .10,000
Benjamin Gerrish Esquire. .. .. .10,000
Joseph William Gorham Esquire. .. .10,000
John Creighton Esquire. .. .. .. .10,000
Charles Morris Gentleman. .. .. .10,000
William Gorham Gentleman. .. .. .10,000
Edward Crosby Gentleman. .. .. .5,000
Benoni Danks Esquire. .. .. .. .10,000
Joshua Loring Esquire. .. .. .. .10,000